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'Cowgirl Heaven' opens Tuesday

'Cowgirl Heaven' opens Tuesday

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The newest exhibit at the Booth Western Art Museum's Borderlands Gallery features a colorful view of the American West.

Amy Watts' Cowgirl Heaven opens Jan. 8 at the Cartersville museum.

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Watts, a horsewoman and Statham, Ga.-based artist, will host an Art for Lunch talk about the exhibit in the Booth Ballroom on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Cowgirl Heaven will be on display through Apr. 7.

Booth Western Art Museum is located at 501 Museum Drive. Learn more at boothmuseum.org.

'National Geographic' photographer to speak at Booth

'National Geographic' photographer to speak at Booth

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A longtime National Geographic photographer will speak at Booth Western Art Museum in the new year.

Stephen Alvarez began working for National Geographic in 1995. During his time with the journal, he has covered the discovery of an ancient Incan mummy in Peru, explored the world's deepest cave near the Black Sea and toured the panoramic capitals of Europe.

Alvarez will lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. His talk is free for Booth members and included with admission for non-members.

Booth Western Art Museum is located at 501 Museum Drive in Cartersville. Learn more at boothmuseum.org.

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

ATLANTA -- Fifty high school students from across Georgia have been selected to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the members of his council Friday.

"The Student Advisory Council allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a statement. "The council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies."

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More than 750 students from 121 Georgia school districts applied to serve on this year's council.

Mineral photography expert to speak at Tellus

Mineral photography expert to speak at Tellus

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The world's premiere mineral photographer will speak at Tellus Science Museum this week.

Jeff Scovil's appearance is part of the Tellus Lecture Series. He will present "Mineral Photography with Jeff Scovil" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.

The talk is free for Tellus members and included in regular admission for non-members.

Scovil has photographed mineral specimens all over the world. His presentation will include a travelogue of some of his most awe-inspiring journeys.

Tellus Science Museum is located at 100 Tellus Drive near Interstate 75 in Cartersville.

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)